The world is a strange place.
How strange? Farmers in China are selling cockroaches for $20 a pound. That’s not a typo.
You can get a whole lotta Chick-fil-A for that kinda money.
Chinese farmers are cultivating American cockroaches, the big ones that fly and are usually outdoors, not the nastier little ones that infest the homes of gross people.
The Los Angeles Times article says roaches are used as food and as ingredients in traditional (read ‘quack’) medicine and some cosmetics.
The farmer interviewed in the article says the price of roaches has skyrocketed from $2 a pound in 2010 to $20 a pound today because manufacturers of traditional medicine are “stockpiling pulverized cockroach powder.”
The assumed largest producer of cockroaches in the world, farmer Wang Fuming, said he got into the business after realizing he was “accidentally raising” the pests.
Unlike pigs, his new livestock don’t require much space and are very hard to kill until he vacuums millions of them into a giant vat of boiling water. Once they quit kicking they are “dried in the sun like peppers.”
“This is not like raising regular farm animals or vegetables where the Agricultural Ministry knows who is supposed to regulate it. Nobody knows who is in charge here,” Wang said.
Hmmmm … after reading that quote I’m not sure I can trust unregulated roach meat.
Here’s a few interesting stories I found on the Interwebs Tuesday afternoon: